New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltiivtg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Christopher Jiroudek (26 years), Martha Ellis (belated), Peggy Klein Smith, Betey Alvarez, Manuel Martinez Jr.
(26 years), Lisa Salinas (belated), V J. Martinez and Thelka Wer-sterfer.
Happy 20th anniversary to Gilbert and Ortencia Vargas.
Mold — 330 Grass —10 Oak —1,1477 Mulberry —21 Sycamore —0 Hackberry — trace (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter 01 air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River—238 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.19 feet above sea level, down .06 from yesterday.
Smith holds town mooting
Congressman Lamar Smith invites residents to meet with him at a town meeting, Wednesday, April 10 at 9 a.m. at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St.
The Greater Hispanic Chamber will host a tax and living trust seminar Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library.
Guest speakers will be Peter J. Parenti, Frances Richardson and Robert J. Autenrieth. For information, call Nathan Millett at 625-4150.
Rummage and plant sale
The annual spring Sts. Peter and Paul School Rummage and Plant sale will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on the school campus, Friday, April 12. For information, call 625-1729 or 606-1627.
Church Women United of Comal County’s Spring Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 12 at the Schumann Hall of First Protestant Church, 172 Coll St. For $5, enjoy a meal and program about Habitat for Humanity, including the personal experience of Leesa Ryan, a recipient of a Habitat home. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Tickets may be purchased from members of Church Women United or at the office of First Protestant Church before April 4.
The list of voting locations for the run-off elections being held today, which appeared in the Sunday Herald-Zeitung con tained errors.
Polling locations for Republi can Precincts 13, 14, 15 anc 16 should have read United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall 572 W. San Antonio St..
In the Democratic Party Precincts 15, 29, and 30 will be at Eagles Hall, 257 South St. while Precinct 7 will be at Peace Lutheran Church, 1147 S. Wal nut.
A complete list of polling places for today's election appears on page 6. Polls close at 7 p.m.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Round 2 of concrete plant fight starts
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Ingram Readymix has not given up plans to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
Two months after Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission commissioners rejected its application for a standard exemption, Ingram has filed a motion for a rehearing, TNRCC spokesman Terry Hadley said Monday.
“It (the motion) is scheduled to be on the commission’s agenda this Wednes
day (in Austin),” Hadley said.
Hadley said die three TNRCC commissioners can either reject the motion or approve it. If the motion is approved, it would be referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which would set the time, date and location for a hearing.
Last spring, Ingram filed for a standard exemption #71, which is granted by TNRCC to those concrete batch plants which meet numerous guidelines. Ingram had wanted to build the plant at the intersection of Highway
281 and FM 1863 on a 4.2 acre site.
However, 1,600 Bulverde area residents signed a petition asking TNRCC to hold hearings. Opponents of the plant formed CLEAN (Citizens League for Environmental Action Now). CLEAN claimed the plant would cause environmental, water and safety problems for Bulverde.
Hearings were held in September in both Austin and at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. Administrative Law Judge Bill Ehret presided over the hearings and recommended
to the commission that Ingram be granted the standard exemption, citing that Ingram had met all the requirements for it On Feb. 7, at a meeting attended by dozens of Bulverde citizens, the TNRCC commissioners voted 2-1 to reject Ehret’s recommendation. The commissioners who voted against die application, Chairman Barry McBee and Ralph Marquez, cited computer air modeling evidence brought up by CLEAN, which showed the plant’s air emissions would exceed its proper
ty lines. This would be a violation of die standard exemption.
Hadley said the TNRCC sent an order to Ingram on March I notifying the company that it had 20 days to file a motion for a rehearing, which Ingram did.
Bruce Ingram, president of Ingram Readymix in New Braunfels, confirmed that his company has filed for a rehearing before the TNRCC. He did not say what arguments the company will use at a new hearing. “I don’t want to get into that,” Ingram said.
Runoff election today
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A Mitsubishi Eelipss, driven by New Braunfels resident Christopher Mosser, 16, crashed at Loop 337 and interstate 35, on me aoutn skis of town yeeteroay ataDout 4 a.m. roues reports sane Mosser was traveling south on 337, when he lost control of his car, and ran over a traffic Island and through a guard rail. His car came to rest in the middle of Interstate 35. Mosser was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Two local races in the Republican Party will be decided in the runoff elections today, and people have until 7 p.m. tonight to cast their ballot for Sheriff and County Commissioner.
Locally, incumbent Sheriff Jack Bremer will be up against challenger Bob Holder. There is no Democratic opponent, so the winner of the race will be the next Comal County Sheriff. In the County Commissioner Precinct I race, Jack Dawson and Douglas Kirk are vying for votes. The winner of Ais race will face Democrat Louis “Charlie” Millican.
The Democratic ballot features the U.S. Senate race between John Bryant and Victor Morales. The winner will face Republican incumbent Phil Gramm in the general election.
Early voting for the runoff election ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and County Clerk Joy Sweater said voting “went fine.” Ste said a total of 1,574 Republicans and 72 Democrats turned out to
vote. Streater said election day is expected to run just as smoothly.
“We’re hoping for 10,000 to 12,000 (votes), but by the looks of early voting, we may be a little short,” she said.
Streater also added that polling locations will be open today. However, the list of locations has changed from the primary last month. She said the parties have consolidated some precincts and not others, and the list of locations are not the same for both parties.
“It’s probably going to confuse a lot of voters, but I don’t think it will stop people from voting,” she said.
Polls will be open today until 7 p.m., and the runoff election is open to all registered voters regardless of whether or not they voted in the March Primary. However, if you did vote in the March Primary, you have to vote in the same patty that you chose in the primary. Streater urged all registered voters to participate in the election.
“Get out and vote, please. One or two votes could make the difference in this runoff,” Streater said.
City council approves increases in Landa Park golf fees
By MELANIE GERIK
The New Braunfels City Council Monday approved by a 6-to-l vote increases in Landa Park Golf Course fees proposed almost a year ago.
The new rates would raise the fees for single golfers by $25, to $300 for New Braunfels residents and those living in the I -mile extra territorial jursi-diction. Nonresidents would have to pay $365.
The biggest increase in the fees is for
husband-and-wife golfers. Under current prices, residents pay $385, while nonresidents pay $495.
The new fees charge $500 for husband-and-wife golfers who are New Braunfels residents and $650 for nonresidents.
The final passage of the increases came after lengthy debate over exactly who should pay for the privilege of playing golf at the city-run course.
Councilwoman Brenda Freeman had proposed lower annual fees but per-round surcharges.
“I think it’s fair to assume that those who play the vast majority of golf will pay the most of the fees,” Freeman said.
But Freeman’s proposal, and a similar council proposal to charge lower annual fees but add green fees, were met with great opposition from most of the IOO golfers who attended Monday night’s meeting.
“This is our hobby. This is our pastime. This is where we put our money into on a fixed income,” said golfer Earl Thomas.
Matt Phair, chairman of the Golf Course Advisory Board, said if the council passed a proposal which included foe pay-as-you-play fees “you can kiss our winter visitors goodbye.” Instead, the council passed the increases suggested by the Golf Course Advisory Board. The board suggested that out-of-town golfers who do not pay annual fees be charged $12 for weekday play and $15 on weekends and holidays.
The proposal passed Monday also creates a new category of annual fees
for winter Texans. Golfers planning to use the course for four months or less will be charged $340 for singles and $495 for husband-and-wife golfers.
The first reading of the fees was April 25,1995. Second reading of foe fees was tabled at foe May 8,1995 and Dec. ll, 1995 meetings. The fees, which were passed on the first reading were again passed by a 5-to-2 vote March 25.
The increases will go inn effect May I.
New program targets street light vandals
By MELANIE GERIK
The Safe City Commission wants to stop street light vandalism by taking the campaign to the streets.
According to New Braunfels Utilities figures, 35 street lights have been replaced this year, costing $1,900 in parts alone. Last year, approximately 60 lights were replaced, with parts costing $2,800.
“And a two or three-man crew can get really expensive, not to mention the costs of pullling them from their other jobs,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city mananger.
The publicity campaign to reduce the city-wide problem of street light vandalism will run in con-juction with the Crimestoppers Quick $50 program, which pays $50 for tips leading to the arrest of suspects.
“If we pay out on two or three cases, then the program is a success,” Ferguson said at Thursday night’s commission meeting. “If we can keep lights on in the neighborhood, the program works.”
Having street lights vandalized by BBs, bullets or rocks “opens the door to crime, opens the door to burglary of homes,” Ferguson said.
The campaign will be a year-round effort, and the commission will “exhaust all mediums” to advertise the program, Ferguson said.
Arson suspected in trailer fire at Lake McQueeney
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Maybe Rogaine would help
But maybe not, he’s supposed to be bald, he's a hairless Sphynx cat Hundreds of fabulous felines filled the New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday and Sunday for the annual Mission City Cat Show. Here Carol Richards of Universal City holds up “Pharoh,” one of her several hairless Sphynx breed cats.
A camper trailer fire in Lake McQueeney on Sunday morning is being investigated as possible arson, Guadalupe County Fire Marshal Don McFarland said.
“It will take us a week to know (whether or not it was arson),” McFarland said. “The Texas Commission of Fire Protection Arson Lab is investigating it.”
The Lake McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of the camper fire at 7:39 arn at a residence on Altwein Road.
No one was in the camper at the time and there were no injuries.
“It was a 27-foot camper trailer parked in the front of the residence,” McFarland said, “it was fully engulfed when we got there. When the resident was awakened by the fire, he said the camper was 50 percent burned. He tried to extinguish it with a garden hose, but the propane tank started venting gas and spewing it out. So, he backed off and waited until the fire department arrived.”
The fire took two to three minutes for the firemen to put out, McFarland said.
McFarland said there are a few suspicious leads at the site that lead him to believe it could have been arson.
“It appears the trailer was broken into,” McFarland said. “When we went through the debris, it appears that several items were taken. It appears that the door was pried open.”
McFarland said a TV, ice box, generator and jack were missing from foe trailer.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.